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Hawks fall 133-109 to Pelicans in preseason opener

Hawks young stars shine, but turnovers doom team in blowout loss

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks kicked off their 2019-2020 preseason schedule Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. It was a matchup of two of the league's young and exciting teams. 

Hawks rookies, Cam Reddish, De'Andre Hunter, Bruno Fernando, & Charlie Brown Jr., all made their season debut. No.1 overall pick, Zion Williamson also made his debut for the Pelicans.

Duke had seven former players in Monday night's matchup. 

The game opened up with De'Andre Hunter scoring his first NBA basket for the Hawks.

Williamson made an early statement, hammering it down on the other end for New Orleans. 

At the end of the first quarter, the Hawks had a five-point lead, but going into the second, New Orleans jumped out to a 14-point lead. The Pelicans aggressiveness on defense was too much for Atlanta, which allowed New Orleans to take control of the game.

The Hawks struggled in the second half to cut the lead, as the Pelicans were capitalizing on Atlanta's offensive mistakes. The Hawks had 29 turnovers Monday night, which won't make head coach Lloyd Pierce happy, because was concerned about turnovers after Saturday's scrimmage.

Trae Young, who did not see action in the fourth quarter, finished with nine points and 11 assists.  Deandre' Bembry had 16 points and five rebounds, while John Collins had 13 points and five rebounds.

Hawks rookies Cam Reddish and De'Andre Hunter both finished in double-figures with 21-points combined. 

Zion Williamson ended with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Jrue Holiday had 21 points and 3 assists. 

The Hawks will return to State Farm Arena Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic. 

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